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Gary
14-03-2006, 14:54:54
According to the BBC news site, these store vouchers get exchanged for goods at the rate of about 1/3 rd of a penny each. (http://search.ebay.co.uk//search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=schools+vouchers)

Remembering that one has to cover the cost of p&p too, the question is why would anyone bid ?

(Particularly liked the auction for 4 whole vouchers :D By my reckoning the seller should pay a minimum of about 54p for someone to take 'em of their hands !)

Immortal Wombat
14-03-2006, 15:10:36
You bid because the computers go for a fixed number of vouchers. If you've only got 9000, and you need 10000 for a PC, then it's worthwhile to spend another few quid on the rest than to tell the children that they're only getting a new mousemat this year. I guess.

Gary
14-03-2006, 15:27:49
Nice thought, but surely only really applicable if the scheme is about to end.

I like the cheeky auction from the school, asking for voucher donations ;) Best of luck to them. Bet that one's pulled.


PS 10,000 vouchers per PC you guess. If each voucher is worth about 1/3rd of a penny that's a 33 PC. I've not seen the catalogue but looks like they may need a bit more than another 1,000. ;)

Immortal Wombat
14-03-2006, 16:17:17
The cheapest one is ~13000, but the actual number is irrelevant to my point. If you can't mix vouchers with cash, then buying more vouchers is essentially just buying bits of computer, and it will come out much cheaper to do it that way.

Provost Harrison
14-03-2006, 16:38:14
Hell, this isn't bad. They always offer those computers for schools vouchers but I just don't have a use for them...perhaps I should start gathering them and make a tiny income off them :D

Provost Harrison
14-03-2006, 16:38:39
...I have some inordinate number of nectar points at the moment...I don't think I am far short of a return to Paris :eek:

Gary
14-03-2006, 16:47:49
Oh I don't dispute your point - I think it was well spotted. But even then you don't want to pay more for the "bit" than you would for the whole thing. Or anywhere near.

Annoyingly I note that my maths was out, they're worth 3p not 1/3p - damn that is very irritating, but anyway, intiial article. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4802556.stm)

Hey PH, sell them one at a time, you'll make more from them ;)

Provost Harrison
14-03-2006, 17:08:27
Hehe...